This surgery utilizes the endoscopic approach to treating a patient with certain spinal conditions. Endoscopy is a non surgical mean of observing what is happening to a patient internally, with an endoscope being a small camera that can project to the doctor what the condition of your spine is. This is accomplished by making small incisions to remove the disc material off the nerve roots. Using small incisions to introduce “portals” to perform the spinal fusion and posterior pedicle screw implants.
Since your spinal nerves, bones, and discs are located deeper inside your body, installing screw implants meant taking away a significant amount of muscle and tissue away from the spine in order to have it be a clean method. Now, through the same small incisions mentioned before, the same screws can be applied cleanly with the help of more advanced imaging methods. This process is called percutaneous placement, where percutaneous translates to “through the skin,” with little movement of muscle tissue being necessary. This avoids the conventional surgery of cutting the back muscle tissue, scarring tissue and disrupting either the bones in your spinal chord or in the surrounding area.
While these more conventional methods used to be the regular procedures several years back, they led to a higher risk in damaging muscle tissue, longer stays in the hospital, and more pain after the operation. With the minimally invasive methods applies to spine fusion, patients have the opportunity for a quicker return to everyday life, being able to enjoy their daily activities and go back to work with less post surgery pain.
The minimally invasive approach to spine fusion can be used for all spinal problems that require conventional fusion including, degenerative disc disease, stenosis, spondylolisthesis, scoliosis and failed back surgery. If you believe you are experiencing any of these conditions, make sure to contact your local spine expert to see how minimally invasive spine fusion can be the best treatment for you. Doctor Marc Cohen is an expert in minimally invasive spine surgery methods in New Jersey, with a practice that stays up to date on the latest minimally invasive techniques.